With each day of the new year passing as quick as a wink, springtime is in full bloom in many parts of the country, especially here in Texas. The bluebonnet wildflowers are breathtakingly beautiful lining the roadways as well as the indian paintbrush. Most all the trees are bursting with new life and some have popped in full bloom.
The birds are busy hunting the perfect spot for a nest to raise their young. How many of you have had the pleasure of finding birdseed in your shoe this spring? If not, get busy putting up those feeders and houses so you will not miss a moment of the birds in springtime.
And as an added bonus, the little hummingbirds will be arriving soon so don’t forget to put up the hummingbird feeders in the same place you hung them last year. They will check out the spots they fed from previously and you certainly don’t want to disappoint the little fellas. They give you so much joy throughout the summer darting around and enjoying the feeders.
Sitting on the backyard patio, with a gentle December breeze waking the chimes for one small second, the sound was so pleasing to my ears.
At that very moment, hearing the beautiful perfect pitch, all the worries of the day were erased from my mind. Even the background noise of traffic and an overly loud car radio passing by did not take away the pleasure of the wind chimes.
I think the sound of wind chimes mimics the wonderful sounds we hear when we listen closely to nature. The birds chirping their song for all to hear. The squirrels chattering to warn someone is near and the winter leaves rustling on the trees as the branches dance in the breeze. All of these are here for us to enjoy if we put aside a little time for ourselves.
Life and the hustle and bustle of busy schedules will always take front and center if you allow it to. Pencil in “me time” to let yourself enjoy the silence of the day. You might just hear a wind chime softly in the background playing a note for you.
It is time to put away the Thanksgiving decorations…
And drag out the many boxes of Christmas decorations.
Let the Christmas Holiday begin!!
I went to a Christmas Tree Lighting in a nearby small town over the weekend. I had never been to a city sponsored Christmas Tree Lighting and found it full of activities, with brightly colored lights streaming along the walkways and tightly wrapped tree branches.
A children’s choir was happily singing all the old favorite Christmas carols as parents gleefully took pictures. Santa was busy with youngsters and photos with the giant Christmas bulbs while teens sold hot chocolate.
It was a beautiful canvas of darkness and twinkling lights. As I walked around each of the trees, I noticed the stillness and silence of the otherwise noisy nighttime birds. I wondered what the birds thought of all this commotion and bright lights in and around their favorite roosting area.
Sometimes we get so caught up in pleasing our own eye, we forget how it may affect others. It gave me the idea to be more mindful when decorating my trees and bushes this season by adding a few holiday treats for my birds along with my Christmas decorations.
I plan to add slices of apples, oranges and perhaps a few berries on a string and hang from the hedges and tree limbs for the birds to enjoy while they have to endure the multicolored twinkling lights and blown-up Santa and Snowman of the neighborhood.
Remembering to think of the birds around your neighborhood during this holiday season by feeding extra treats will fill your heart with gladness and bring a sense of calm to the disruption of the darkness for our beautiful feathered friends.